A student game ranger form Scotland is in a critical condition in hospital after he was attacked by a black rhino in Northern KwaZulu-Natal on Wednesday, 19 May.
IPSS Medical Rescue was dispatched to assist in the search and rescue of the student.
In a post on Facebook, they said: “A Scottish student has been critically injured following an encounter with a black rhino, in Northern Zululand. IPSS Medical Rescue was contacted and informed that the game ranger student had been on foot in a private reserve when he was trampled and gored by the rhino”
They conducted an intensive search for the student together with anti-poaching units in the area. Once the student was found, he was evacuated immediately.
His condition is critical and no further information has been made available.
Black rhinos are very aggressive and charge easily. They are even known to charge tree trunks and termite mounds, as they perceive them as threats. The white rhino is the opposite, and are much more calm and placid.
They are solitary animals that prefer to live an independent life, until they feel threatened.